Ahmedabad: It was the lure of a big haul of currency notes that had prompted the gang of 15 from Gujarat and Maharashtra to target a truck carrying goods from multiple angadia firms near Bavla on Friday night. The information turned out to be false, but the gang members managed to decamp with valuables worth over Rs 5 crore in the incident.
Late on Saturday, Ahmedabad rural police arrested Criminal, considered to be mastermind of the case. After this, police arrested five others and recovered valuables worth Rs 3.5 crore, primarily consisting of gold and silver bars and ornaments. Police will start verifying the stock with the angadia firms soon.
Ahmedabad range IGP K L N Rao told media on Sunday that police arrested Sura Bharwad, 34, a resident of Patan; Kana Bharwad, 31, a resident of Sabarkantha; Khoda Sindhav, 30, a resident of Rajkot; Bhala Bharwad, 32, a resident of Gandhinagar; Sunil Pawar, 48, a resident of Surat; and Ghela Bharwad, 36, a resident of Gandhinagar.
Ahmedabad rural SP Nirlipt Rai said that the gang members had conducted recce in areas such as Manek Chowk and Raipur and had decided to target a truck. "They had also tracked the route and had chosen the spot where they could stop the truck with a relative ease and overpower the occupants," Rai said. "On Friday, a group tailed the truck, and another car was stationed at Adroda near Bavla. A group led by Sura was at Bhayla with a truck."